Hello, fellow writers and aspiring authors! I’d like to share with you how I manage to blog here 4 times a month, and on my Kindness & Calm blog 3 times a week AND still find time to write my novel and interact with people online.
Phew! So much stuff, right?
Here are the simple things that allow me to get a lot done:
1. Prioritize the Right Interactions
We know there are trolls, then there’s also the back-handed compliments and softly-spoken insults. There’s the people hitting on you and the nay-sayers. I skip all those and…
I never reply to faceless online accounts.
Sometimes when the comment is positive (or if I know the person), I’ll Like or Reply, but usually, if someone hasn’t taken the time to put their face on their account, it means they don’t want to be connected to what they do or say online. Um, fishy.
2. I Always Reply to Followers
I have become much better at this recently. If someone is following my blog(s) or Instagram, I always make sure that I reply to their comments.
This shows appreciation for following and taking the time to comment.
If you check out your blog stats, there is a big discrepancy between views (a high number) and comments (a much lower number). So when someone takes the time to reply, it means a lot to me!
3. I Have No Twitter
About two years ago I did the math, and my combined Tweets were the same word count as a trilogy… and yet I have no trilogy. That deeply bothered me.
Twitter is a roller coaster I have no time for, and it feels like a part-time job (to me).
To be real honest, I just don’t care for Twitter. It was a headache and took up too much of my writing time with little payoff. This blog is much more enjoyable and I love the people here!
4. I Let Posts Pile Up
For instance, if I take 4 gorgeous photos, I won’t post them all on Instagram the same day. Why? Because then I’ll want to take more and post more, and that fragments my writing time.
I only post on my social media at certain times, and schedule my blogs 1-2 months ahead of time.
I NEED 6 hour blocks of time for writing, at least 4 times per week, and if I’m too worried about what I’m going to post next, that’s just distracting. To fall into “flow” or “deep work,” I always have a little stash of things I can post anytime.
5. One Last Major Rule!!
This is important because I write it as a follower and as a reader. Here it goes…
Pay attention to the people who always comment/like/follow… and NOT the brand-new troll.
Oooh it’s so itchy to let a snide remark just sit there, isn’t it? But here’s what makes me UNFOLLOW people:
When I have followed someone for years and they never reply to my comments… but they take the time to extensively reply to trolls!! People who never cared nor have followed them ever!! (I’m looking at you, Sheryl Crow 💔).
How would you feel if your favorite person ignored you but always answered idiots who couldn’t care less about their art? Think about it.
Never, ever do that. It’s yucky. I’ve unfollowed many people over that because… dude. Come on 🙄 I’m the one reading, following, buying, supporting your stuff. Hello?
Anyway, I hope that was fun for you to read and also helpful!
Do you give yourself rules to social media? What would you suggest that has worked for you? Let us know in the comments.
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